Tsarouchis Yannis (1910-1989)

Tradition on canvas.

  • Tsarouchis is one of Greece’s most famous artists abroad. Not only did he exhibit in London and Paris, but was nominated for the Guggenheim prize in 1956. He also participated in the Venice Biennale in 1958.
  • He was taught by Kontoglou, Jacobides, Bikatos and Pathenis, and would later meet Matisse and Giacometti.
  • His work tries to strike a balance between popular art and ethnology, while also expressing joy. He is among the first to depict Greek traditions on canvas.
  • He was also strongly involved with theatre and worked as a director and costume designer.
  • In 1949, he became a founding member of the “Armos” art group, along with Engonopoulos, Gigkas, Moralis, Nikolaou, and Tetsis.
  • The Yannis Tsarouchis Museum in Athens was inaugurated in 1982.